Then why, in the Gospels, do the Pharisees appear as the archenemies of Jesus?
My answer to this question is the fact that Jesus told ALL the Jews that he WAS the Messiah. Most of the Jewish elite either didn't believe he was but thought that HE did believe this to be true or thought he was lying for his own gain.
This is what made most of the Jewish elite his archenemies.
Hey, I had a high-school teacher at a private Christian school who would argue with anyone until he was blue in the face that Jesus was not a Jew. Not sure that the fact that th eteacher was from Jordan had anything to do with it, but he was emphatic. I personally dont know the argument.